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Scott Kasier

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My father was a world adventurer, it wouldn’t be long before my father would find what it is he was looking for. Although, my father came off as some sort of tough guy, he always wanted to do what was right.
There’s a saying that goes something like this, tell me who you hang around with and I’ll tell you who you are.
My father made several acquaintances as we lived in Miami during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Some of the Cuban exiles even called my father a good friend, perhaps, there was a lot of mutual respect between each other.
President John F. Kennedy was a president my father loved dearly, as did the rest of the world. The day Kennedy was assassinated was the day it turned my fathers world around.
For some people, they have researched the Kennedy assassination their whole life, my father was poking his nose into the assassination as well, but what he didn’t realize was that the ole cliche “Cut off your nose to spite your face” would soon haunt him. 
It is an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem: “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face” is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one’s anger.
You see, this is a story of a man who would later encounter individuals who were thieves, robbers, revolutionary leaders, assassins, informants, murders, drug dealers and so much more.
It appeared as though my father fit right in due to his military service background in the French Foreign Legion. His closest associate was Frank Sturgis, my father was the military revolutionary leader for an anti-Castro group called the Cubanos Unidos.
Here, you will learn much about Edwin Kaiser the man I call my father who often committed political-espionage as he would impersonate himself as a lieutenant in the United States Army stealing classified documents, weapons for his paramilitary group, and photographs taken of the men in Dallas Texas on the day of Kennedy’s assassination.
My father forged a passport under the name of Jerome Schneider to enter the country of Israel where he stayed for over three months before he was caught. My father wrote a letter to my mother asking her to contact Frank Sturgis and let him know where my father was staying at. And, within a few days of my mother giving this information to Frank my father was arrested in Israel, my mother had an idea as to who turned him in as did my father.
The CIA brought my father back from Israel and the FBI arrested him at JFK airport. My father didn’t have his briefcase with him when he was arrested, he only spent three months at Dade County Jail before the District Attorney General and the judge let him go.
This is just a small part of a remarkable story. My father was able to allude severing any prison time for entering another country with a forged passport, for stealing classified documents, weapons out of Homestead Air Force Base and impersonating himself as a lieutenant in the United States Army. 
My father was able to allude any prison time for plotting or co-conspiring the assassination attempts of Wilfredo Navarro, Fidel Castro, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon.
I ask you, how many people do you know of that could get away with such tasks and only spend three months in jail?

The CIA were after the photographs my father had. In my book you will find out what he did with his briefcase before leaving to Israel, and why the FBI or the CIA dropped all the charges.

As the FBI compared my father’s known arrest photographs to the forged passport of Jerome Schneider the FBI said, while some characteristics in common were noted between the photograph contained in the passport and the known photographs of Edwin Benjamin Kaiser Jr. A definite conclusion could not be reached as to whether they are the same individual due to lack of specific individual identifying characteristics. Q1 and K1 are returned with a copy of this report to their respective contributors. [FBI-Photo Laboratory Investigation D-760716017 PN].

I wonder? With all the information my father processed, do you suppose he was untouchable? Do you think he could have gotten away with murder too?

We hope that you enjoy the material posted as we move onward in our path of seeking the truth. We will continue to upload our findings of documents and interviews that helps light the way in a much needed dark place.
Scott Kaiser
Kaiser & Navarronavarro-dad-11
     Wilfredo Navarro and Edwin Kaiser

A taped recorded conversation of Frank Sturgis discussing the assassination of President JFK.

Here is a taped recorded conversation of Frank Sturgis and Micheal Canfield discussing the assassination of President JFK.

Off the record he (Frank Sturgis) and Howard are both worried about some crack pot coming down to Miami and whacking them both off.

Oswald called a Cuban intelligences officer in Miramar from a private home in Coral Gables, could the number 305-866-9085 with the name “Lee” found in my father’s little black book be the number Oswald called from in January 1963

My father visited Miami from November 1962 till January 1963, it was during that time my father met up with Lee H. Oswald

In October of 1962, My mother was able to convince my father to move to Norwalk, Connecticut, were they we’re to live with his mother. They stayed at my paternal grandmother’s house until my father helped her move to Miami Beach in November 1962. My parents then moved out of my grandmother’s house and moved in with my father’s Aunt Dorothy (Dot) in Norwalk.

On his trip back from Miami in late January of 1963 he expressed to my mother at how beautiful Miami is. My father seemed full of excitement of having just met several Cubans down there. She was already preparing for the worst hoping they weren’t going to pack their bags and move again, after all she was already working and had a job.

As my mother was listening to my father’s adventures while visiting Miami he said, “And, I also met two Americans by the names of Frank Fiorini and Lee Oswald.” My mother said, “he seemed impressed with the amount of people protesting against Fidel Castro”. My father would sometimes travel South to Miami in order to visit his mother.

It was in Miami where my father would meet Wilfredo Navarro, a Cuban exile, whose parents were imprisoned by Fidel Castro in Cuba. Wilfredo had a brother, Roerme, who was constantly at his brother’s side. My dad sympathized with the Navarro’s plight, hearing misadventure stories from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Through Wilfredo, my father met and became best friends and co-workers with Frank Sturgis, a veteran of the Bay of Pigs as well as other missions of intrigue.

Cabrera aka “Cayo” who was a Cuban G-2 Agent, Richard Poyle and Edwin Kaiser who wanted to kill and cut up some Cuban Government soldiers

Ricardo Carbera was a high level G-2 Agent that reported directly yo Fidel Castro.  Sometime in late 1960 Cabrera sold some arms to Rolando Masferrer, saying he was involved in a “fat deal” and was selling these arms under the orders of Fidel Castro.

Shortly after their meeting Cabrera returned to Cuba via Q Airlines from Key West and landed at Columbia Military Airport; Cabrera boasted that he was picked up at the airport by an army jeep and taken directly to talk to Fidel Castro.

Cabrera would often boast about being a member of the CIA to several anti-Castro Cubans, Cabrera thought of himself to be a good actor, while gathering information from the CIA he would sell it to the Cuban government and he would do the same to the Cuban government. This is called “double agent”.

The CIA noted, Cabrera is still a man who would sell his mother and best friend for a dollar.

In 1960, as an active G-2 member, Cabrera returned to Miami and continued working as an informer under VALDES orders. During 1960 Cabrera made three trips to Cuba and had an interview with VALDES, FIDEL CASTRO and NARANJO and with JUAN ORTA who was then Secretary to Fidel Castro.

At one of these visits ORTA told CABRERA the following; “One of your close friends in Miami has just submitted a report to the Prime Minister Fidel Castro, assuring him that a group of you and LLANES Pelletier (fun), a Rebel / army Captain and aide to Fidel, are making contacts and having interviews with different revolutionary elements in Miami, such as Jorge SOTUS and “NINO” DIAZ, to have a conversation and reconsider the Communist problem (that were already arising in Cuba).

Cabrera’s last trip to Cuba was in the company of LLANES, who was arrested two or three days after his arrival in Cuba.

“Cayo” infiltrated the Cubanos Unidos and discovered my father plans to attack Cuba. Edwin Kaiser said, that CU presently has a .50 caliber machine gun, a .30 caliber machine gun, some C-4 explosives and a quantity of small arms. CU is considering a three day  infiltration and sabotage mission to Cuba in which about five or six men will participate. One of the tactics they plan to use is to kill a few Cuban Government soldiers and cut them up into small pieces to terrify other Cuban Government soldiers.

Richard Cabrera who owns the boat “Born Free” and is assisted by Kaiser on the boat is admittedly afraid of Kaiser. Wilfredo Navarro who doesn’t trust Kaiser who informed the FBI that Kaiser is con-man, braggart and opportunist because Kaiser wanted Navarro assassinated, and Kaiser was already planning on leaving CU.

Richard Poyle who is CIA said he does not like Kaiser, and does not believe in much of what he says. Poyle does not want to associate himself with Kaiser in any future activities.

However, on the day of my father murder it was Poyle and Sturgis who picked my father up for work, it would be the last time I ever told him that I love him.

Below, is a list of names who are G-2 Agents of the Cuban Government.

Uver Angel Aguilar Sanchez

Ramon Aja Castro

Alina Alayo Amaro

Carlos Alfonso Gonzalez

Alejandro Alonso

Guillermo Alonso Pujol

Percy Francisco Alvarado Godoy

Carlos Conrado de Jesus Alvarado Marin

Roberto Regalado Alvarez

Lazaro Amaya La Puente

Armando Tomas Amieva Dalboys

Carlos Eugenio Antelo Perez

Raul Aparicio Nogales

Guillermo Arastaguia Fundora

Jose Antonio Arbesu Fraga

Andres Armona Ramos

Damian Arteaga Hernandez

Noel Ascanio Montero

Juan Rafael Astorga Frometa

Francisco Avila Azcuy

Roberto Azanza Paez

Eusebio Azcue Lopez

German Barreiro Carames

Gonzalo Bassols Suarez

Jesus Bermudez Cutino

Frank Bestard

Alberto Betancourt Roa

Jorge Bolanos Suarez

Emilio Brito

Orlando Brito Pestana

Alberto Boza-Hidalgo Gato

Miguel Brugueras del Valle

Angel Brugues Perez

Ricardo Cabrera Amoedo

Alberto Silvio Cabrera Barrio

Ricardo Belen Cabrisas Ruiz

Martin Tomas Cala

Maria del Carmen y Ruiz

Luisa Calderon Carralero

Armando Campos Ginesta

Osvaldo Cardenas Junquera

Sergio Cardona Illizastigui

Julio Carranza Valdés

Juan Carretero Ibanez

Jorge Castaneda

Jose Nivaldo Causse Perez

Joaquin Penton Cejas

Julio Sergio Cervantes Padilla

Carlos Sixto Chain Soler

Enrique Miguel Cicard Labrada

Carlos Coello

Carlos Manuel Collazo Usallan

Abelardo Colome Ibarra

Fernando Pascual Comas Perez

Julio Concepción González

Luis Conte Aguero

Omar Ramon Cordoba Rivas

Vladimir Cruz

Luis Ismael Cruz Arce

Jose de Jesus Cruz Gonzalez

Ramon Cesar Cuenca Montoto

Mario Dagoberto Diaz Orgaz

Roque Dalton Garcia

Rafael Dausa Cespedes

Manuel de Beunza Rivero

Rene de los Santos

Ramiro del Rio

Adrian Francisco Delgado Gonzalez

Eduardo Delgado Rodriguez Izquierio

Maria Cristina Delgado Suarez

Luis Felipe Denis Diaz

Gaston Diaz Evarista

Carlos Andres Diaz Larranaga

Santiago Eduardo Diaz Paez

Alberto Diaz Vigo

Antonio Diegues

Jose Dirceu de Oliveira de Silva

Helmut Domenech Gonzalez

Fabian Escalante Font

Ricardo Escartin Fernandez

Hector Esplugas Valdes

Mario Estebes Gonzales

Armando Ulises Estrada Fernandez

Heriberto Falcon Medina

Pedro Farinas Diaz

Osmin Fernandez Concepcion

Luis Fernandez de Ona

Gonzalo Fernandez Garay

Luis Fernandez Ojeda

Antonio Brunol Fernandez Pajon

Roberto Fernandez Vasquez

Jose Fernandez Vilela

Jorge Antonio Ferrera Diaz

Carlos Fleites

Raul Fornell Delgado

Humberto Omar Francis Pardo

Juan Francisco Fernandez

Olga Francisco

Ruben Rafael Franco Gonzalez

Arsenio Franco Villanueva

Osmel Fuentes Lavin

Guillermo “Bill” Gaede

Rico Galan

Hector Pascual Gallo Portielles

Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo

Alfredo Garcia Almeida

Fernando Garcia Bielsa

Enrique Garcia Diaz

Jose Antonio Garcia Lara

Oscar Garcia Manzano

Jorge E. Garcia-Bango Dirube

Justo Cesar Gelabert Martinez

Jose Gomez Abad

Fernandez Gondin

Fernando Gonzalez

Marta A. Gonzalez

Raul Gonzalez

Rene Gonzalez

Saul Gonzalez

Caridad Perez Gonzalez

Francisco Gonzalez Garcia

Jose Gonzalez Marrero

Carlos Alberto Gonzalez Mendez

Elicio Gonzalez Moreno

Flavio Delfin Gonzalez Nunez

Pedro Silvio Gonzalez Perez

Pedro Gonzalez Pineiro

Wilfredo Gonzalez Ramirez

Victor M. Gonzalez Valdes

Gines Silvio Gorriz

Alfredo Victor Guerra Fernandez

Francisco Guerrero Veliz

Arturo Guzman Nolasco

Abel Haidar Elias

Geraldo Hernandez

Juan Hernandez Acen

Linda Hernandez

Nilo Hernandez

Rafael Hernández

Tomás Hernández Cruz

Norberto Hernandez Curbelo

Eduardo Hernandez Gispert

Luis Hernandez Ojeda

Daniel Enrique Herrera Perez

Manuel Hevia Cosculluela

Jose Miguel Hidalgo Rodriguez

Ramon Hurtado

Rogelio Iglesias Patino

Robert Infante Pupu

Jose Imperatori

Elpidio Interian Comezanes

Néstor García Iturbe

Jesus Jimenez Escobar

Florentino Jimenez Padron

Herberto Jorrin Munoz

Thelma King

Roberto Koro

Guillermo Jimenez Soler

Jorge Luis Joa Campos

Ramon Labanino

Jose R. Labrada Torres

Ida Paz Lago

Jose Lain Martin Gonzalez

Roberto Lasalle

Jose Francisco Llagostera Garcia

Pedro Miguel Lobaina-Jimenez de Castro

Antonio Lopez

Adis Lopez Cervino

Julian Lopez Diaz

Armando Lopez Orta

Alfredo Luis del Valle

Jose Luis Ponce

Jorge Luis Rodriguez

Virgilio Lora

Ivan Luis

Remijio Luna

Felix Luna Mederos

Pedro Machado Fernandez

Gustavo Machin Gomez

Oscar Madruga

Manuel Celestino Marcano Carrasquel

Eduardo Martinez Borbonet

Roberto Marquez Orozco

Adelfo Martin

Sergio Martin Vidal

Manuel Martinez Galan

Sergio Manuel Martínez González

Fernando Martinez Heredia

Jose Maria Martinez Tamayo

Rene Martinez Tamayo

Jorge Ricardo (Jorge) Masetti

Jorge Ricardo (Ricardo) Masetti

Jorge Luis Mayo Fernandez

Jose Mendez Cominches

Tomas Isaac Mendez Parra

Enrique Miguel Mesa Levis

Felix Martin Milanes Fajardo

Jennifer Miles

Rafael Mirabel Fernandez

Alfredo Mirabell Diaz

Luis Molina

Luis Raul Molina Montes de Oca

Luis Mones Lafita

Michael Montanez

Renan Montero Corrales

Ana Belen Montes

Arqueles Morales Mendoza

Omar Morales Bazo

Miguel More Santana

Pepe Nova

Julian Novas Fernandez

Rafael Nunez

Alwin Artilano Odio Tamayo

Jose Ojeda Santana

Julio Cesar Oliva Perdueles

Manolo Orgalles

Ramon Oroza Naberan

Isaac Orrantia Orrantia

Dario Ortega

Rodolfo Paez Perez

Orlando Pantoja Tamayo

Ida Borja Paz Escalante de Gomez

Jose Paz Novas

Victor Pena

Joaquin Rodobaldo Penton Cejas

Orlando F. Pereira Gonzalez

Santiago Perez

Jose Ramon Perez Ayala

Ernesto Perez DeCardenas

Earle Perez Friman

Luis Jesus Perez Martinez

Alfredo Jose Perez Rivero

Ramón Pérez Soria

Gerardo Perez Tejera

Alejandro Pila Alonso

Ricardo Porfirio Pimentel Roger

Pedro Luis Pineiro Eirin

Manuel Pineiro Losada

Berta Louisa Pla y Badia

Jose Luis Posada Torres

Orlando Prendes Gutierrez

Eugenio Prieto Valido

Carlos Puig Espinosa

Raul Pujol

Adalberto Quintana Suarez

Daniel Rafuls

Vivian Rafuls

Julio A. Ramirez Otero

Fernando Ravelo Renedo

Oscar Redondo Toledo

Osvaldo Relova Penichet

Juan Manuel Reyes Alonso

Raul Reyes Goicochea

Jorge E. Reyes Vega

Pedro Anibal Riera Escalante

Jose Miguel Roa

Raul Rodriguez Averhoff

Juan Manuel Rodriguez Camejo

Rene Rodriguez-Cruz

Ramiro Rodriguez Gomez

Ramiro Rodriguez Gonzalez

Rogelio Rodriguez Lopez

Juan Carlos Rodriguez Lueje

Jose Rodriguez Rodriguez

Charles Romeo

Mauricio Rosencoff

Juan Pablo Roque

Jose Francisco Ross Paz

Tania Rouco de Zayas

Alberto Manuel Ruiz

Alfredo Ruiz

Angel Ruiz

Orestes Guillermo Ruiz Perez

Homero Saker Rivero

Jaime Salas

Lino Fernando Salazar Chia

Ovidio Sama Viamonte

Gilermo Samper

George Sanchez

Ramon Sanchez-Parodi Montoto

German Sanchez Otero

Gerardo Sanchez Robert

Carlos Manuel Lazaro Felix Sanchez y Basquet

Roberto Santiago Humet

Roberto Santiesteban Casanova

Joseph Santos

Pedro Serrat

Orlando Silva Fors

Amarylis Silverio Santos

Ramon Sinobas Casado

Juan Enrique Sosa Mompie

Mario Sosa Navarro

Carlos Augusto Suanes Flexas

Felix Suarez More

Edmundo Suarez Hernandez

Luis Suarez Salazar

Johana Tablada

Romilio Tambutti

Jorge Timossi Corbani

Armando Torres Mesones

Julian Torres Rizo

Neuris Trutie

Teudys Trutie Matilla

Dario Urra Torriente

Ramiro Valdes Menendez

Juan Valdés Paz

Edgardo Obdulio Valdes Suarez

Oreste Varela

Michael Vazquez Montes de Oca

Manuel Eugenio Vega Perez

Gustavo Veliz Olivares

Ilya Felicia Villar Martinez

Ricardo Villareal

Felix Wilson Hernandez

Carlos Rafael Zamora Rodriguez

Raul Ceferino Zayas Linares

Cabrera 3    Poyle, Cabrera and Kaiser



Johnson had Kennedy killed

In the early 1960’s the FBI placed bugs in several casinos in Las Vegas. In May 1963 the FBI sent the Department of Justice a two volume “Skimming Report”. The report was never released, although much of the information was leaked to the press. According to a Life article, “The Mob”, of Sept. 1967, Meyer Lansky’s couriers shipped skim from Las Vegas to Miami to the Bahamas where it was laundered through the Bank of World Commerce.

On the board of directors of the Bank of World Commerce were John Pullman, Ed Levinson and Benjamin Sigelbaum. Levinson was a major casino owner in Las Vegas. Pullman and Sigelbaum had ties to Isidore “Kid Cann” Blumenfeld of Minneapolis. The skim went from the Bahamas to Switzerland where it was laundered through International Credit Bank. Levinson and Pullman were also on the board of that bank. International Credit Bank collapsed in the early 1970’s after it was tied to Israeli arms purchases.

The FBI bugging operation came out in Washington D.C. during the trial of Lyndon Johnson’s chief aide Bobby Baker. The Baker scandal was the second of two major scandals surrounding Johnson at that time. The first involved Billie Sol Estes, whom was arrested in March of 1962 on fraud and theft charges. A major contributor to the Democratic Party in Texas, Johnson was accused of attempting to protect Estes from investigation. In 1965 Estes was convicted in one of the first trials to be broadcast on television. The Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Justice Tom Clark wrote that the television presence denied Estes a fair trial. Clark was also close to Johnson.

Adding to the Billie Sol Estes controversy was the death of an Agriculture Department official investigating Estes. The official’s death was initially ruled a suicide, but in 1985 Estes testified that Lyndon Johnson ordered his murder. Estes had recently been released from prison where he became a born again Christian. The judge did not believe Estes’ claim, but did change the cause of death to murder. The official had been shot five times with a rifle. Yet, this scandal dissipated before Johnson became President. There were also charges that Johnson received payoffs from the Dallas mob, which were also never proven.

Robert G. Baker was Secretary to the Majority Leader for eight years prior to 1963. Baker had come to Congress as a teenager, so everything he learned he learned from the politicians. Baker was instrumental in Johnson’s rise in the Senate where Johnson became the second most powerful man in America behind President Eisenhower. Baker was often referred to as the 101st Senator or “Lyndon Jr.”. Baker lived next door to Johnson in Washington as did J. Edgar Hoover. Baker took credit for convincing Johnson to accept the vice-presidential nomination in 1960.

In September of 1963 a vending machine company filed suit against Baker claiming he had forced them out of a defense contractor’s plant as a result of a dispute over kickbacks. On October 7, 1963 Baker was forced to resign his position. The first investigative report on Baker came back a week before the Kennedy assassination. Baker soon became the subject of an extensive Congressional investigation.

Johnson remained close to Baker even after becoming president. In December of 1963 Johnson summoned Edward Bennett Williams to the White House and pressured him to represent Baker. According to Evan Thomas, Johnson told Williams, “This is the most important case of your life.” Johnson later considered Williams for Attorney General, but told Jack Valenti that he couldn’t do it because of his representation of Baker. Baker was convicted of seven counts of tax evasion, larceny, and conspiracy on January 29, 1967 and was sentenced to one to three years in prison. While in Allenwood Penitentiary Baker became friends with another Williams client, Jimmy Hoffa.

The bugs that caught Bobby Baker upset Lyndon Johnson because he thought Robert Kennedy was tapping his phone. In fact, the FBI bugs were aimed not at Baker, but Ed Levinson, an associate of Moe Dalitz. Levinson invested in several Baker enterprises, including Serv-U Corporation. Ed Levinson put up the money for Serv-U while Baker provided the government connections. Within months the company had major contracts with government agencies across America. In early 1963 Baker reported a wealth of more than $2 million. He took the fifth before Congress, as did Levinson.

Baker had extensive ties to Las Vegas. In April of 1963 he chartered a plane to fly a group of eighty Washington lobbyists and congressional employees to attend a $100 a plate dinner for Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada.

On June 20, 1963 Baker introduced Ed Levinson to the chairman of the board of Intercontinental Hotels, a subsidiary of Pan American World Airlines. Intercontinental wanted to build casinos in its hotels in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and Baker had ties to political leaders in these countries through Lyndon Johnson. Intercontinental did not want to run the casinos themselves, which is why he brought Ed Levinson.

Around the same time Bobby Baker made a deal in Puerto Rico for the Murchison brothers, major supporters of Johnson. Baker arranged for government inspectors to approve Murchison meat that came from a substandard slaughterhouse in Haiti. Much of the meat ended up in Chicago where it was ground into hamburger. Baker received a substantial fee for setting up this transaction.

Early in the Baker investigation charges emerged that he provided prostitutes for powerful politicians. The Senate decided not to pursue these charges, but one woman whose name appeared in the press at the time was Ellen Rometsch. Years later it emerged that John F. Kennedy was one of the men involved with her. This was particularly controversial because Rometsch was from East-Germany and there was concern she might be a Communist agent.

Lyndon Johnson was dragged into the scandal through insurance agent Don Reynolds. Lyndon Johnson bought a $100,000 policy from Reynolds in 1957 after he suffered a heart attack. Baker told Reynolds that Johnson wanted a kickback so Reynolds purchased advertising at one of Johnson’s television stations. During the Roosevelt era New Dealers like Johnson dominated the FCC. Johnson was careful how he used his influence by avoiding voting on issues involving radio or television controversies. He also avoided dealing directly with the FCC in regards to his station, but developed important contacts within the organization.

The involvement of politicians in radio was so common Johnson’s friend, Justice William O. Douglas wrote, “Among the great plums in the Washington D.C. pudding has been the granting of radio and TV licenses. The contests have been tremendous and many political allies have been marshaled in the cause. Even some members of Congress obtained licenses for themselves or their families while in office- a practice that should be forever barred as being beyond the ethical line.”

In 1943 Johnson acquired Austin radio station KTBC through his wife, Lady Bird. According to Johnson’s biographer, Robert Dallek, the price was only $17,000. The previous owners were denied permission to increase the wattage, but within a year of the purchase Johnson received permission to do so. Lyndon Johnson personally visited William Paley to arrange affiliation with CBS.

In 1948 Lady Bird Johnson applied for a VHF television license for KTBC. KTBC would enjoy a rare monopoly as the only VHF (channels 1-13) station in Austin. Meanwhile, Dallas received five VHF stations, Houston four, and San Antonio four. Johnson also arranged for KTBC to have affiliations with ABC, CBS andNBC at the same time. According to Robert Dallek, by 1952 KTBC was worth $488,000.Johnson had become a U.S. Senator in 1948 by defeating Coke Stevenson by 87 votes in what many consider a fixed election.

In 1955 Johnson bought a UHF station in Waco and merged it with neighboring station KWTX. Johnson would own 30% of the new company. KWTX soon bought KBTX-TV, an educational station that the FCC in an exception to its rules allowed to be converted to commercial use. In 1956 Johnson also bought KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley and acquired both ABC and NBC affiliation. According to Dallek, “cooperation of high CBS and ABC officials was essential” to the deal.Of course, owning all these television stations in Texas gave Johnson an advantage over political rivals, whom could not expect fair treatment in news coverage.

By 1959 Johnson’s radio and television properties were worth $2,596,503. By the time he became President the Johnsons were worth about $15 million. In the early 1970’s Johnson sold the broadcasting properties to Chandler controlled Times Mirror Company when Johnson decided to get into the cable business. The executive in charge of Lyndon Johnson’s station, Tom Johnson (no relation), would succeed Otis Chandler as the publisher of the Los Angeles Times in 1980. He later became head of CNN.

At the time of John Kennedy’s assassination he was reportedly considering dropping Johnson from the re-election ticket because of the Bobby Baker scandal, although he denied this publicly. The fatal trip to Dallas was designed to test Johnson’s support. Kennedy needed Texas for the coming election, as he was worried about Barry Goldwater’s potential strength there. John Connally insisted on arranging the trip by claiming as governor of the state it was his right. This was not typical of Presidential visits, and the arrangements caused major conflict.

Kennedy wanted Lyndon Johnson to ride with Senator Yarborough in the second car, but Johnson and Yarborough hated each other. Yarborough felt insulted by the way Connally had planned the trip and he complained that Lyndon Johnson was behind the whole thing. Two nights before the assassination Kennedy called Johnson into his room to discuss the problem. According to Kennedy biographer William Manchester, several people heard President Kennedy shouting and saw Johnson walk out angrily. If Yarborough had switched seats with Connally then he would have been shot along with Kennedy.

A second conflict was the location of Kennedy’s planned speech on the day he was shot. According to Kennedy’s advance man, Jerry Bruno, he wanted Kennedy to speak at the state fairgrounds, but Connally insisted on the Trade Mart location. If Kennedy had chosen the fairgrounds he would not have passed the Texas State Book Depository. It is hard to imagine Connally being in that seat if he knew bullets were coming, but it is possible Senator Yarborough was right and Lyndon Johnson manipulated Connally.

Connally later joined the Nixon administration and became an expert fund raiser. He was charged with bribery during the Watergate trials, but acquitted through the efforts of Edward Bennett Williams. In 1980 he ran for President as a Republican. Connally received a donation of $1,000 from Moe Dalitz, which he returned under media pressure.

In 1964 during a dispute at the Beverly Rodeo Hotel in Los Angeles, Moe Dalitz warned boxing champion Sonny Liston, “Nigger, if you touch me you’d better kill me, because if you don’t I’ll make one phone call and you’ll be dead within 24 hours.” This was just months after the Kennedy assassination. The Mike Tyson of his day, prior to his February 1964 fight with Muhammad Ali he was considered unbeatable. In their May of 1965 rematch Ali knocked Liston out in the first round in what many thought was a fixed fight. Liston was known to be associated with gangsters, and would die under mysterious circumstances.

Sonny Liston’s manager, Bernie Glickman, was close to Chicago boss Tony Accardo. Glickman testified about the mob’s control of boxing during that era. Liston also had ties to Roy Cohn whom promoted his 1962 fight with Floyd Paterson. Cohn was acting as a front for “Fat” Tony Salerno, who would later become the New York boss. Investigations of Salerno’s involvement in boxing led to the bugging of the William Morris agency.

Supposedly, Moe Dalitz gave the order to desegregate the Las Vegas casinos even though the Mafia didn’t want to. Dalitz likely knew that any jury brought against him would include African Americans. In fact, when his friend Jimmy Hoffa went on trial that year it was arranged for Joe Lewis to walk in and give him a hug. Edward Bennett Williams was heavily criticized for this tactic, but he insisted it wasn’t his idea.

In 1965 Dalitz was indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury on tax evasion charges involving profits for arranging a $50,000 loan of Panama based funds to a company owned by Roy Cohn. The FBI had placed a bug in Moe Dalitz’ office in 1962. In response, Dalitz sued the government for illegal bugging. In 1965 he agreed to drop his suit in exchange for the IRS dropping charges against him.

In May 1967 several of the Las Vegas casino owners were indicted for skimming from their own casinos based on evidence from the bugs. After a six-month grand jury probe the owners, including Bobby Baker’s business partner, Ed Levinson, agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and received minor sentences. The next day the casino owners dropped their suit against the FBI for illegal bugging.

The assistant in charge of the civil division responsible for defending the FBI agents was Edwin Weisl Jr., whose father was an old friend of Lyndon Johnson. It does not seem likely that Robert Kennedy would have let the casino owners off so easily had his brother not been assassinated. A likely reason Johnson was eager to close the issue is he wanted to avoid a controversy and investigation of the bugs, although they were likely legal.

In July of 1965 Lyndon Johnson publicly ordered all Federal government agencies to stop using bugs and taps, legal or illegal. In fact, both the FBI and the CIA continued using bugs, most notably against anti-war protesters. (It was not revealed until the 1990′s that the NSA had its own bugging system.) On Johnson’s orders Hoover had the FBI bug Martin Luther King Jr. at the Democratic convention in 1964. The FBI also tailed Robert Kennedy even though he was still Attorney General.

If John Kennedy had not been assassinated Robert Kennedy certainly would have asked Hoover to retire after his seventieth birthday on January 1, 1965. Johnson and Hoover were old neighbors in Washington, and Hoover had allegedly prevented investigations against Johnson over the years. Hoover was also close to Johnson’s early backers and fundraisers, Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson.

Robert Kennedy stayed on as Attorney General just long enough to see Jimmy Hoffa sentenced to jail. Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering on March 4, 1964 and received eight years in prison. He quickly appealed, and Robert Kennedy pressed for another conviction. On July 26, 1964 Hoffa was convicted of defrauding the Teamsters Pension fund of over $20 million. Hoffa received five more years in jail. Kennedy resigned as Attorney General and announced his run for Senate, which he won.

Jimmy Hoffa was not a big spender so any money defrauded from the pension fund likely went to the Mafia and/or various politicians. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren later called Kennedy’s pursuit of Hoffa an “affront to the quality and fairness of federal law enforcement.” Warren had ties to the Teamsters union since the 1940’s when as Governor of California he personally welcomed the Teamsters to their convention in Los Angeles, which was considered significant at the time because of Los Angeles’ long-term hostility towards unions.

Jimmy Hoffa was close to Moe Dalitz and had connections to Carlos Marcello and Santos Trafficante as well. According to a Hoffa aide, Ed Partin, Hoffa also made threats against the Kennedys. Of German-Irish descent, Hoffa’s father died when he was a young boy and he was forced to go to work during the depression unlike the wealthy Kennedy heir. The Riddle family had left Ireland generations previously and had come up for the Appalachian region like many in Detroit.

According to Ed Partin, in June of 1962 Jimmy Hoffa told him “I’ve got to do something about that son of a bitch Bobby Kennedy. He’s got to go.” Looking out a window at cars passing below Hoffa also mentioned that the Kennedys like to drive convertibles. Partin’s allegations were relayed to the FBI that September and his testimony helped send Jimmy Hoffa to prison.

In an attempt to slander Robert Kennedy after he had been assassinated, Roy Cohn pressured New Jersey Congressman Neil Gallagher to make a speech regarding Kennedy’s alleged illegal uses of bugging devices. Prior to the 1968 election Life magazine printed a story about an alleged relationship between Gallagher and a gang figure. Gallagher threatened to use his remaining time before Congress to read into the record that J. Edgar Hoover and his male aide, Clyde Tolson, “have been living as man and wife for some twenty-eight years at the public’s expense”. The FBI denied the authenticity of the articles about Gallagher, but was later sent to jail for tax evasion.

Lyndon Johnson named Ramsey Clark as the new Attorney General in 1967. Clark’s father, Tom Clark, resigned from the Supreme Court to avoid a conflict of interest. Clark’s positions often contradicted one another as he allowed all sorts of bugging even as he let the casino owners off he hook. Clark later became more radical, involving himself with Saddam Hussein.

In August of 1967, during the “Summer of Love”, under the direction of the White House the CIA began Operation Chaos, which compiled files on thousands of U.S. citizens who protested against the Vietnam War. These operations began under Richard Helms, who was appointed CIA director by Johnson in 1966. Johnson also had Richard Nixon’s campaign plane bugged in the days before the 1968 election because he thought they might be interfering in the Vietnam War. Nixon continued Chaos and fired Helms when he refused to go along with H.R. Haldeman’s plan to use the CIA to blame the Watergate burglary on the FBI.

Under Lyndon Johnson the Democratic Party came under influence from Hollywood unlike ever before. According to Dennis McDougal, Lyndon Johnson considered Lew Wasserman for Secretary of Commerce, but after an FBI background check the White House feared embarrassing details would emerge in confirmation hearings.

Johnson became much closer to United Artists head Arthur Krim, the head of the President’s Club, which raised $10 million for Johnson’s 1964 run.Johnson offered Krim cabinet positions, but Krim declined although he did accept the designation of Johnson’s special consultant. Krim’s role in the Johnson administration was kept quiet. When the New YorkTimes sought him out for a profile Krim avoided the reporter because he felt “his effectiveness would be destroyed if he ever gets into major stories about his political activities,” according to Ronald Brownstein. Although Krim was the first studio head with a first rate education his ties to Johnny Rosselli and others likely would have surfaced.

According to White House records, in the last year of Johnson’s presidency Krim spoke with Johnson on at least 151 days. Krim vacationed with Johnson in Texas 12 times and even bought property next to Johnson’s Austin ranch. Krim had dinner with Johnson 11 times in the month before Johnson decided not to seek re-election. Krim and his wife also often spent the night at the White House where they had their own room, according to Brownstein. According to Jack Valenti, Krim’s close ties to Johnson made him the second most influential man in America. Krim would only speak directly to Johnson, so it’s not clear what he advised.

Among other things the Johnson administration created both the American Film Institute and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which includes PBS. Johnson appointed Arthur Krim’s law partners Robert Benjamin and Louis Nizer as two of the first board members of the organization while another board member was Jack Valenti. Benjamin also served as a delegate to the UN under Johnson’s ambassador Adlai Stevenson.

Jack Valenti became know for the MPAA rating system and for his role in fighting film piracy, but he was involved in much more. Valenti first met Lyndon Johnson in 1957 after the Houston advertising executive wrote a flattering column about Johnson in the Houston Post. Over the next few years Valenti courted and married Johnson’s secretary. In 1960 Johnson asked Valenti to manage the Kennedy-Johnson advertising campaign in Texas.

In The Death of a President William Manchester refers to Valenti as “the real mastermind” for being able to sneak into Kennedy’s motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Within minutes after Kennedy was assassinated Johnson appointed Valenti as his first aide. Valenti became “everything from a ‘glorified valet’ to a chief of staff. He did ‘whatever needed to be done.’ According to Robert Dallek, Valenti “kept the President’s calendar, coordinated work on presidential statements, prepared LBJ’s correspondence, and oversaw ‘special presidential projects’” In a sense Valenti replaced Bobby Baker whom resigned his position two weeks before Valenti was appointed to his.

The 1964 Johnson campaign was the first television campaign and also the first dirty television campaign. Goldwater won a bitter primary against Nelson Rockefeller in which Rockefeller called him an extremist. Jack Valenti told Johnson, “We ought to treat Goldwater not as an equal, who has credentials to be President, but as a radical, a preposterous candidate who would ruin this country and our future.” Valenti’s idea was to portray Goldwater as “ridiculous and a little scary: trigger-happy, a bomb thrower, a radical.” according to Dallek. When the Goldwater campaign gave out bumper sticker reading, “IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW HE’S RIGHT!” the Johnson’s campaign responded with “IN YOUR GUT YOU KNOW HE’S NUTS”.

Johnson’s biographer Robert Dallek would write, “No political operation in history was ever conducted with such secrecy.”He describes the campaign as both “covert and overt”. For the covert, “They fed hostile questions to reporters traveling with Goldwater, they wrote letters to popular columnists like Ann Landers; they made lists of columnists they knew and lobbied them regularly for articles critical of Goldwater; and they pressured mass magazines like Saturday Evening Post, and Parade to attack Goldwater’s views on nuclear weapons.” Goldwater later commented, “If I hadn’t known Barry Goldwater in 1964 and I had to depend on the press and the cartoons, I’d have voted against the son of a bitch.”

The overt included controversial television ads paid for with money raised by Arthur Krim and Lew Wasserman, including the famous “Daisy” spot. It featured a little girl picking flowers while counting down while the girl’s eye dissolved into an atomic explosion. While the mushroom cloud rose Lyndon Johnson’s voice intoned, “We must love each other or we must die.” Although he attacked Goldwater for his support of nuclear testing Johnson would escalate the tests in the desert outside Las Vegas.

The Daisy ad was the idea of Bill Moyers. Moyers began his career as a journalist at Johnson’s Texas television station, KTBC. He became Johnson’s chief of staff and later press secretary. Johnson would say, “He works for me like a dog, and is just as faithful,” according to Dallek.

According to Dallek, another Johnson campaign ad featured a KKK member burning a cross while quoting, “I like Barry Goldwater. He needs our help.”Ironically, Barry Goldwater was the only major Presidential candidate ever to come from a Jewish background, although his family had become Christian. The ads were similar to those used produced by the MPAA (then MPPDA) for the 1934 campaign against Upton Sinclair in California.

Yet, according to Jack Valenti, “Even when the campaign was at its height, I never regarded Goldwater as the enemy. Somehow I never lost my sense of affection for him”, but “the president was determined to win as hugely as he could, and in a political fight, particularly for the presidency, you go for the jugular.”The Republicans in turn portrayed Johnson as immoral and focused on the Bobby Baker and Billie Sol Estes scandals.

While serving as Johnson’s closest aide Valenti organized the President’s dirty deals with congress. Robert Dallek describes Senate Republican Minority Leader Everett Dirksen “through Jack Valenti, sending the President sheaves of paper about appointments to judgeships, ambassadorial offices, and administrative posts”. Johnson “would pretend mock outrage” but by the end of the meeting “a deal had been sealed. Dirksen would have an appointment of one of his friends and the President would have a commitment on some piece of legislation.”

Johnson’s great strength was considered to be his close ties to Congress, which allowed him to pass the Civil Rights Act and other legislation. According to Valenti, Johnson was committed to “the shattering of the political and social structure”.The justification of this was to help “the poor, the aged, the blacks”.

In the Kennedy administration big media fundraisers were the silent partners, but during the Johnson years they became the center of the party while weakening the influence of traditional working class Democrats. They created new minority alliances similar to the old Tammany Hall, but unlike the old neighborhood alliances the new alliances would be held together primarily through the media.

Halfway through Johnson’s second term Valenti accepted the position as head of the MPAA at the urging of Wasserman and Edwin Weisl Sr. The position had been briefly occupied by Louis Nizer who became the MPAA General Counsel instead. In 1967 Valenti switched from the Production Code to the present rating system. This system was based on the system designed by the National Catholic Office of Motion Pictures (NCOMP), which was created after the passage of Vatican 2 in 1965.

Valenti often claimed he did away with the old code, but by the time he stepped in the Production Code was already vastly liberalized. Movies approved in the early 1960’s included the James Bond films with their provocatively named heroines. The MPAA’s rating was contractually required on every print of film and every advertisement produced by the major studios, while the NCOMP rating became harder to find before it dissolved in 1980.

Although the rating system attracts the most attention Valenti did not really involve himself in that. From the start he involved himself in bigger issues. LBJ was reluctant to see Valenti go so Valenti “had the pleadedge of the movie industry chieftains to insert into my contract a clause that gave me the right to serve him (LBJ) on specific occasions.” Valenti pretended this sort of “service” was patriotic, but it meant that Valenti was serving as the President’s aide and heading the movie industry lobby at the same time.

As an official duty Lyndon Johnson asked Valenti to arrange a secret meeting between the President and Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1967. To accomplish this Valenti called his contact, Monsignor Paul Marcinkus of Chicago. Best known as the man who was supposed to be overseeing Michele Sindona, Marcinkus was from Cicero, Illinois, once the base for Al Capone. Since Marcinkus was not Italian he was not considered to have Mafia ties, although the Chicago “outfit” was never completely Italian.

After Valenti’s death the FBI released the results of an investigation done at the time he became Johnson’s aide. The FBI was concerned he might be a homosexual, which they decided against. They did note that he had ties to Mafia leaders in the Dallas area. This is plainly significant considering all the Mafia ties to Jack Ruby. Valenti used his position in the MPAA to discourage the media from investigating the Kennedy assassination. He openly attacked the movie JFK, and towards the end of his life filed suit against an author that suggested Johnson was behind the assassination.